5.12 Phases of Activation for a Bushfire

The following phases of response activation for the Colac Otway Shire are in alignment with the Fire Danger Rating Scale and Warning Index. These phases of activation aim to minimise the impact of bushfires by ensuring that appropriate resources are ready for activation in a timely manner in the event of a bushfire.

Figure 24 - Phases of Activation for a Bushfire

FIRE DANGER RATING Fire Danger Index Phase of Activation Colac Otway Shire Staff – Availability
Code Red 100+ Action MECC is setup MERO & MRM, ERC Staff and support staff, resources in readiness and operating in the MECC within 20 minutes
Extreme 75 to 100 Standby MERO on duty and able to set up MECC within 1 hour
Severe 50 to 75 Alert MERO able to set up MECC within 2 hours
Very High 25 to 50 Normal MERO able to set up MECC within 2 hours when FDI is forecast over 35
High 12 to 25 Normal Normal Preparedness arrangements
Low-Moderate 0 to 12 Normal Normal Preparedness arrangements

Source: Colac Otway Shire

5.11 Phases of Activation

5.13 Briefings